In Penang, Malaysia, police employees who engage in misconduct or integrity-related problems like corruption or drug use now risk suspension from their jobs even if they have not yet been charged in court. This is a reaction to the widespread problem of corruption, misuse of authority, and lack of integrity within the police force. The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Tan Sri Razarudin Husain, gave the order to suspend the concerned officers during a meeting with Penang Police chief Datuk Khaw Kok Chin and Deputy IGP Datuk Seri Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay.
During a monthly state police contingent gathering, Khaw explained that top police leadership will not tolerate any wrongdoing by their senior and junior officers in cases related to crime and drugs. In an effort to address the issue of integrity, abuse of power, and corruption, the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has agreed that any officer involved in such matters will be suspended, regardless of whether or not the case has been charged.
Khaw emphasized that all police officers, from supervisors to the top leadership, will be held accountable if they fail to implement Regulation 3C, which is the Public Officers (Conduct and Discipline) Regulations 1993. He called for consistency, courage, and firmness in enforcing this regulation to bring about effective changes in the issues of integrity and misconduct within the PDRM.
In addition to addressing issues of integrity, Khaw also highlighted the need for the police force to be prepared for the monsoon transition phase, which will bring heavy rain and the possibility of floods. He urged District Police chiefs, Internal Security and Public Order Department heads, and police station chiefs to identify flood-prone areas and make early preparations, including ensuring sufficient personnel, logistics, and equipment such as boats and rescue gear. Temporary evacuation centers should also be identified in case of emergencies.